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Oregonians didn't let a little rough weather get in the way of their exercise Friday, as a few dozen turned out for the second annual Oregon in Motion event. The event, supported by the Oregon Area Wellness Coalition, aims to promote physical fitness. Participants got beads for each lap they walked around the track over an hour before Friday night's Oregon High School football game. The School District's Facebook reported participants walked more than 120 miles between them... Read More

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State’s report card shows Oregon School District exceeds expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Oregon School District was rated as meeting expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

If you would like to find out how your school district did, click here.

District prepares to explain need for referendums

District prepares to explain need for referendums

Let the public relations offensive begin.

With the district’s pair of failed 2012 referendums still clearly visible in the rear-view mirror, district officials and board members are trying to make sure their message gets out to the public before the Nov. 4 vote. Some criticism of the failed referendums included a lack of clear communication from the district on what was being asked for and why, something board members are clearly trying to avoid this time around.

District referendum advisors Joe Donovan of The Donovan Group and Christin Milsna of Findorff Construction Company talked to the board Monday night about ways to inform residents of the importance of passing the two measures.

“It’s very difficult to reach everyone at the same time,” Donovan said. “What is it exactly that we want to communicate with them?”... Read More

State grape harvest starting slowly

Wisconsin vineyards are beginning to gather their grapes, and growers said they've seen better harvests.

Most said the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. And they expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.

But the news isn't all bad. Growers said the quality is good.

Dave Mitchell, who has been growing grapes between Oregon and Stoughton for more than 30 years, says the crop size is about average and he thought it would be worse.

Wisconsin has more than 130 commercial vineyards and more than 80 wineries.

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Inside the numbers: Major renovations, additions in OSD referendums

The last time Oregon School District officials asked voters to support a pair of referendums, in 2012, they were rejected by a significant margin.

The district was asking for around $33 million then. Last week, the school board voted to bring forward two more referendums, with a cost of around $55 million, and the clock is ticking toward decision time for district residents on Nov. 4... Read More

Bringing ‘closure’ to the police department

In its report on a local investigation into police personnel and procedural issues, the Village Board mentioned a number of steps that village officials, and especially interim police chief Dale Burke, have taken.

The local investigation followed a separate state Department of Justice investigation and uncovered several troubling issues beyond what the state was looking into. The report charges that recently retired police chief Doug Pettit violated village and police department policies and deliberately withheld information from the Village Board and the press in order to cover up goings-on at a local nightclub... Read More

Court papers: Former Stoughton teacher, coach sent photos of genitals to teens

Court papers: Former Stoughton teacher, coach sent photos of genitals to teens

A former Stoughton teacher and coach was charged Wednesday with sex crimes involving a child earlier this summer.

Online court records show 24-year-old Brandon M. Amato was charged in Dane County court with two felony counts of exposing genitals to a child.

Amato was in court Wednesday afternoon for an initial appearance where he was released on a signature bond and ordered not to access the Internet. He is also not allowed to have contact with girls younger than 18.

According to the criminal complaint, Amato sent two Stoughton High School students images of his penis through a popular picture messaging app called Snapchat. Amato allegedly first sent inappropriate Facebook messages to the girls, which led to communication via Snapchat.

Stoughton School District spokesman Derek Spellman confirmed Amato worked as a temporary teacher and coach in the district from August 2013 through June 10, 2014.